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Asteroid to make flyby past Earth

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Trajectory path of 2012 DA 14 (Source: NASA) Trajectory path of 2012 DA 14 (Source: NASA)

An asteroid named 2012 DA 14 will be closest to earth at approximately 2:25 p.m. Friday at about 17,150 miles, according to NASA.

NASA Television will be providing commentary starting at 2 p.m. Friday.

NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office predicts the path of the small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14, and there is no chance that the asteroid might be on a collision course with Earth, according to a NASA news release.

2012 DA 14 is small and so close to the Earth, that the asteroid will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites.

See this link for more information about asteroids and near-Earth objects. 

For graphics and animations showing the flyby of 2012 DA14, go to this link

NASA links to real-time commentary and live video.

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